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Old 01-09-2011, 03:25 PM   #15
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We are doing a bit of extended traveling now. Gone about 6 months of the year. Caravans and a stint in Fl at TR. I could not imagine going full time and not havine the house and my small shop to come back to. How would I fix the Airstream? Right now it is travel a while and then make repairs a while. (I am currently trying to put new springs in 2 awnings in 11 degree weather. When it is done I am gone for a while.) We are luck that my grown son moved his employment back to our area. We have him house sitting so we feel okay when we are gone. House is paid for. We know some of the neighbors. May be a bad investment just sitting, but what isn't risky these days. Helps him save for a down payment for when he wants a house. We can see the end of extended travel some time in the fairly near future. If we can still live in this house then we want to. I am still accumulating stuff. When I die the wife or kids can just hire 2 men and a truck if they do not like it. I do not want to deal with downsizing.

Newport, Oregon. Do not know how you like living there, but I sure have enjoyed my visits to the area. Hang on to the house if you like it. You have a houise in a good area, in my opinion. Take advantage of the house sitting and go on the road while you can.
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Old 01-09-2011, 03:43 PM   #16
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We can see the end of extended travel some time in the fairly near future. If we can still live in this house then we want to. I am still accumulating stuff. When I die the wife or kids can just hire 2 men and a truck if they do not like it. I do not want to deal with downsizing.
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Old 01-09-2011, 04:54 PM   #17
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We spend about six months a year traveling, mostly south to escape winter. The travel is great but would go nuts living more than that in RV parks. Try it before you sell.

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Old 01-09-2011, 04:56 PM   #18
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Bill, Newport is great in June through late September. Shhhhh! Don't let the Chamber of Commerce know I said this, but......it rains mostly sideways in the everpresent wind all the rest of the time. I've lived here for over 35 years, and I need to be somewhere warmer and drier especially in the winter, December-March.

My ultimate goal is to sell our stuff and a large house here and have two smaller condo's or RV pads with sunrooms and garages. One in St. George, Utah, and one in the Pacific Northwest, but not on the coast. Then I'd have two bases from which to use the AS on shorter trips and still have places to come home to.

For the above to transpire, we would need to sell the house and get rid of major amounts of stuff. Hopefully an eager buyer is out there just waiting to find a house such as ours. Soon would be good!
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:06 AM   #19
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We are thinking along the same lines, although our "new" used Excella is far from being ready to full time, or even travel in at this point.

Like you, we have two adult children still around here, and two more in LA, California and NYC. We could do all our traveling just going to opposite coasts to see the kids!

I plan to read some material about simplifying one's life. I've been interested in that topic for a while. But for a while, even after the AS is ready to roll, we'll probably just keep the house and see how things go. I've heard that you must be a really close and compatible couple to occupy a tiny tin house all the time. It is a consideration as I sit here up half the night on my computer, and my husband watches TV in the living room or is in his own office on his computer . Our house is small, but it's plenty big for two...wonder how well we would do sharing ONE room for TV and computer? Hmmm. Have to share bathrooms, too. Hmmmmm.

We, too, enjoy having grandchildren (who live nearby) at our house for "sleepovers" as they call them. And my mother, who is in her eighties, lives a few miles away.

So, we would definitely try it out for a while before renting OR selling our house. No reason not to. We, too, will have to be more careful with spending if we travel full time or most time in our trailer, but we can also keep our house and travel, too. Frugally. But, probably like you, we would have to be necessarily "frugal" travelers if we sold our house and had no insurance, utilities, etc.

A lot to think about. So we will wait a while and try it out quite a while before making such a big life decision.

But it does bother me that we have so much stuff, and maybe while we are trying it out and thinking about it, we will start seeing how much "stuff" we can get rid of. So little is necessary for living and yet many of us have so much baggage to tote around in this world. I think it weighs us down and restricts our freedom to live.

Just my humble thoughts on it.

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Old 01-12-2011, 01:09 AM   #20
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Whoops. Meant we would NOT have to necessarily be frugal travelers if we sold or rented our house. Sorry.
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:18 AM   #21
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I plan to read some material about simplifying one's life. I've been interested in that topic for a while.
I don't mean to hijack the thread but simplifying and full-timing are very intertwined topics....

My favorite book on simplifying is: Your Money Or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin. While there are many other authors and lots of means to approach simplifying, YMOYL really gets at the fundamentals of what makes you happy/fulfilled and where money and stuff fit into that picture.

Be sure to take a look at the Early Retirement Forum for topics related to simplifying - it's owned/operated by AndyR the same person that owns/operates Airforums. See the other Social Knowledge sites at the bottom of the Airforums page.
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So far we've been 'sans-house' since October 31st. Don't miss it a bit. We do have a business and a shop - which translates to 'STORAGE' in one of the extra buildings. It also means that we have a semi-permanent spot for a covered spot for both RVs.

We thought about renting the house - not a good idea for us - we'd still be tied to it so we opted not to go that route.

Getting rid of 99.9% of the 'stuff' was difficult - but, we found several places to sell on consignment - then flea marketed some - gave a lot away - got easier as we went. I opted to keep a couple of pieces - but only a couple.

I'm relieved to be rid of it - and am loving it.

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We thought about renting the house - not a good idea for us - we'd still be tied to it so we opted not to go that route.
Everyone's financial situation is different, but a house is one of the few things that works as an investment that increase in value, while giving good cash flow.

Of course, this isn't true currently in all housing markets in the US...
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Old 10-19-2014, 04:17 PM   #24
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Hi Steve, I am going to try "full timing with a safety net" I own my home a 4 bedroom town house, and I have 2 tenants both over 55 who rent separately from me and share house. This leaves me my own bedroom to retreat to if I need to take a break from FTAS (full time Airstreaming).
I'm Canadian so have to make sure all my ducks are lined up to spend most of the winter in the South. To compensate for the hospitality I sign up on builds through out Al and LA.
Hoping to see more Airstreamers at these builds.
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Old 10-19-2014, 05:25 PM   #25
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I am terrified. We sold our house in an area that usually takes a few years to sell. We sold in five weeks. We will have to and I say HAVE to stay in our AS for awhile. I dread it. I love to camp but have never had any desire to full time. We have too many pets, too many cars and I NEED a home base. I am thankful we have the trailer for a temporary place. We can store much of what we have in the shed where we store the trailer in the winter, but I am panicking at the thought of spending more than a few weeks in the trailer.
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